Importance of Falmouth Port Highlighted

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedImportance of Falmouth Port Highlighted FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairperson of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Maxine Henry-Wilson, has emphasised that the Falmouth Port, in Trelawny is a natural economic asset, attracting thousands of overseas visitors, and members of the community must protect the facility. “The port won several awards recently, and last year about 500,000 persons came to that port. Trelawny is on the map again, you have a natural asset – a port which allows you to provide for the world,” she told students of the Muschett High School, in Trelawny, at their Career Expo, held on April 27. Mrs. Henry-Wilson, also a former Education Minister, said that persons must be trained to work at the port, who are able to provide goods and services, so that people are entertained. “The most sustainable gift that you get, and the most sustainable opportunity that you will ever have is that of education. Nothing is going to make you more prepared for life, or is going to make you more able to adapt and survive as education,” she told the students. She challenged the students to make use of their time at school by seizing the opportunity to get a good secondary education. “Education allows you to be able to embrace the changes that are taking place around you. You have an opportunity here through the technical and vocational subjects, and you need to use that.  You are being prepared for a world of work which is what will make you sustainable as an individual, and you will earn an income and be able to sustain your community,” Mrs. Henry-Wilson said. She underscored the need for the students and parents to see all the subjects taught at a technical and vocational institution as important. Several of the major tertiary institutions in the island displayed their educational offerings at the expo, while the school displayed items made by the students. Muschett High has a population of over 1,600 students. The Career Expo was held under the theme: ‘Sustainable Development for Nation Building Begins with You’. Importance of Falmouth Port Highlighted TourismApril 30, 2012 RelatedImportance of Falmouth Port Highlighted By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter RelatedImportance of Falmouth Port Highlightedlast_img read more

Five Takeaways From Monday Night RAW in Phoenix

first_img5.) Baron Corbin gets a new opponentBaron Corbin finally gets a different opponent outside of Dolph Ziggler, Zack Ryder. Ryder loses to Corbin but looks good.4.) Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens heating upBattleground will probably have these two in a singles match. Fighting backstage was something fresh and different.3.) Return in the Women’s DivisionCharlotte has to defend her Women’s Championship after losing to Paige last week. Paige loses in a great match. Dana Brooke and Charlotte beat down Paige post match until Sasha Banks music hits. End of the segment, Banks holds up the Women’s Championship and the crowd goes crazy.2.) The Club apologizes to John Cena and AJ StylesWith The Club interfering in their singles match , Styles asks The Club to apologize to Cena and himself. Cena tells AJ that his problem is that he isn’t a man that follows his word. Styles tells Cena can choose any member of The Club except Styles, this leads to Cena vs Karl Anderson.1.) #1Contender set for Dean Ambrose’s WWE World Heavyweight Championship at BattlegroundTriple Threat is set when Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns ends with a double count out. Shane McMahon comes out and says that we need a new #1 Contender, Ambrose says I’ll take them both on in the same night. Shane says I’ll do you one better and it’ll be at the time.Shield Reunion! Triple Threat is set for Battleground, for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. Payton Vince is either talking about sports or watching sports. He covers sports for Metro Networks and is also a writer for He grew up in Brooklyn Heights,Ohio for most of his life then around senior year of high school moved to Cleveland. A fan of the Cleveland Indians, Cavaliers, and a Pittsburgh Steelers, he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School (Class of 2014) and also graduated from the Ohio Center for Broadcasting in 2015. He bowled and played baseball in high school, and is a huge fan of independent wrestling and WWE, and can almost always find him at an independent show. Lastly, Payton is a backstage interviewer for Mega Championship Wrestling in Elyria, and is one of the three on ‘That Sports Show’ which airs daily from 2-4pm on Related TopicsDean AmbroseRoman ReignsWWE RAWcenter_img Payton Vincelast_img read more

BlackBerry Developers Can Now Write NFC Apps with New SDK

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Magnetometer (Compass) API: detect magnetic fields in your app to determine the smartphone’s direction and orientation relative to the real worldSend Menu API: provide a “Send…” menu and allow users to share your app content with contacts the same way that core BlackBerry smartphone apps doGeofencing APIs: specify geospatial boundaries and provide notifications when a user crosses the boundary sarah perez Maps APIs: add complex geospatial shapes such as polygons, images and markers to a MapField and create items that inform the MapField when their state has changedTravel Time API enhancement: allow users to find out the departure time needed to arrive at a location at a specific time based on current traffic conditionsUnified Search enhancement: dynamically add or remove indexed keywords for an indexed object and use a single interface to provide “searchable data” to the Unified Search ServiceNear Field Communication: Leverage the NFC capabilities of the BlackBerry smartphone to read and write NFC tags. With the API functionality available, you can access a secure element (JSR 177) for mobile commerce and loyalty apps, and include tag/Card emulation, and tag reading and writing in your app. Your app can also include support for NFC IT Policies.Enterprise support: BlackBerry® Balance™ technology enables BlackBerry smartphones to be used for business and personal purposes without compromise. When connected to an organization’s BlackBerry® Enterprise Server or BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express1, specific IT policies along with features built into the device software2 help keep personal information separate and business information highly secure, allowing users to enjoy the fullest BlackBerry experience on a single device.3rd-Party NFC Apps Now Possible Of particular interest is the added support for read/write NFC in this new SDK. At this year’s BlackBerry World, RIM demoed this technology by having its new BlackBerry 9900/9930 phones scan an NFC-enabled tag, which would then launch a URL. But when we asked to talk to someone at RIM more openly about the company’s vision for NFC and how the technology would play a role in the way we communicate going forward, BlackBerry PR turned us down flat. RIM simply wasn’t ready to discuss such a thing. This either means that RIM doesn’t have a vision (unlikely) for NFC, or it’s in active talks with potential partners to offer its own version of a mobile payments service, and other NFC-enabled offerings. For what it’s worth, one company representative told us that RIM was talking to “banks and credit card companies,” but wouldn’t name which ones.In any event, at least mobile app developers can begin to take advantage of this new feature now, by building and testing NFC-enabled applications that will run on RIM’s upcoming smartphones.Additional sources: NFCWorld, Tags:#apps#mobile#news#RIM center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Related Posts RIM has released its BlackBerry Java SDK v7.0 into beta, which allows mobile developers to build applications for the new version of the BlackBerry operating system, BlackBerry 7 OS. Among other things, the SDK offers app developers device integration capabilities for access to the phone’s features, including the magnetometer (compass), location data, maps and more.It also adds support for NFC (near field communications), the short range wireless technology that enables the forthcoming digital wallets and mobile payments systems, in addition to serving as a barcode scanning replacement technology. The first NFC-enabled BlackBerry phones, the BlackBerry Bold 9900 and 9930, are due out later this summer.What’s New in BlackBerry 7 OS for DevelopersAccording to the SDK’s download page, the following new features and APIs will be available in this beta version:Rich graphics: BlackBerry 7 OS supports accelerated graphics and the Open GL ES 2.0 standard. With the Open GL ES 2.0 Graphics APIs, you can incorporate compelling graphics and create a better mobile gaming experience for your users.Rich Multimedia:Native Window API: display Open GL graphics, UI and information (stats, subtitles, etc.) over native screens such as the camera viewfinder, video, browser and pictures to provide an experience that combines the real and virtual worldsHD video recording: users can record stunning videos with a default setting of HD (720p), then share them via MMS with the MMS Mode (176×144)Audio Buffering API: allow your app to set the buffer size (in milliseconds) before playback startsAudio Bitrate: change and retrieve the audio bitrate during video recording and specify the audio bitrate for AMR codec for video recordingOpenVG APIenhancements: support common OpenVG operations and simplify porting 2D canvas style code to OpenVGUDP Multicast API: receive multicast packets and send UDP packets to multiple destinations with a single multicast group IDDevice Integration:last_img read more

Deploy Anywhere, Anytime, Any-scale Visualization with Intel® Select Solutions

first_imgHPC Community PerspectivesWe’re excited to share the perspectives of a few of our industry partners and end users who have been able to go hands-on with these new solutions.“Software Defined Visualization is one of the key enabling technologies we built Stampede* 2 around. It enables our large base of engineering and scientific users the ability to seamlessly do visual analysis of massive data sets not suitable for GPU based solutions. TACC applauds the release of Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization that enable the wide availability of high fidelity, interactive visualization for many more users.”Dan Stanzione, Executive Director, Texas Advanced Computing Center“Our joint work as an Intel® Parallel Computing Center for Visualization has achieved our goals of making very large scale visualization without past limitations, and in particular, ‘In Situ’ visualization a reality, not only for Stampede 2 users, but across the HPC landscape.  Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization are a major step to making this impactful technology widely available to accelerate scientific discovery and engineering breakthroughs.”Paul Navratil, Director, Visualization, Texas Advanced Computing Center“At the Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, we are pleased to have been on the forefront of utilizing the capabilities for large scale data visualization provided by Intel’s support and development of software defined visualization. The impressive visual fidelity of the OSPRay ray tracing library has enabled us to more deeply understand the makings of the early universe and the formation of gravitational waves when black holes collide. We congratulate Intel on its launch of the Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization that can bring software defined visualization, including ‘in situ’ visualization to more scientists and researchers.”Paul Shellard, Director, Stephen Hawking Centre for Theoretical Cosmology“SURVICE has worked closely with Intel to contribute to and utilize software defined visualization capabilities for commercial and government applications that would not have otherwise been possible.  Our high-performance open source codes such as StingRay*, RckT*, and PowerCT* are based on OSPRay and Embree Ray tracing capabilities and are thus an ideal fit for deployment on Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization.  We plan to utilize this solution with several of our Department of Defense clients in the near future.”Mark Butkiewicz, General Manager, Applied Technology Operation, SURVICE Engineering“We are excited to be part of the launch of Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization.  This platform design brings together a great toolset for our engineering customers to design and optimize high performance, efficient, and innovative products by using Altair’s Hyperworks* and PBS Works* simulation platforms.”Pisuh Patel, VP Corporate Development for HPC and Cloud, Altair“We are excited to be part of the launch of Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization. This platform design brings together the key components needed for running molecular dynamics simulations from our partners in concert with the OSPRay-enabled visualizations in MegaMol*. We are keen on showcasing our long-standing cooperation with the ls1 team, so keep an eye on our project page.”Guido Reina, Lecturer and Researcher, University of Stuttgart“At TOTAL, we deal with very large scale simulations (e.g., seismic imaging, reservoir simulation, digital rock physics analysis). These simulations generate a very high volume of data, bringing issues and challenges to solve and visualize efficiently. We have found that ray-tracing is an important approach for improved volumetric rendering enabling better insight and ensuring quality control.  Using Software Defined Visualization (SDVis) libraries OSPRay and OpenSWR integrated into key software suites like Kitware’s ParaView, we get the benefits of: an OpenSource solution; high fidelity visualizations; large scale, in-memory rendering; and easy integration into Vis Walls. Bringing this capability into a turnkey hardware and software package in the Intel Select Solutions for Professional Visualization gives TOTAL the opportunity to improve the analysis of simulation results more easily.  We fully support this Intel initiative.”Bruno Conche, PITCSE R&D Visualization Project Leader, TOTAL“BP HPC has demonstrated the practicality of performing seismic volume visualization in our visualization applications using Intel’s OSPRay ray tracing engine running on CPUs. We have found this to be a more cost-effective solution than using GPUs for large datasets. Our experiences to date have proved both an improved efficiency and superior results compared to traditional GPU-based rendering solutions. We are pleased to see Intel make it easier for HPC users to access high fidelity and large scale visualization through its Intel® Select Solution for Professional Visualization.”Jim Lin, Computational Science Manager, HPC Team, BP North America, Inc. “We are excited to be part of the launch of Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization.  This platform design brings together all the key components needed for our automotive design customers to maximize their efficiency using VRED’s scalable, photorealistic design toolset.”Detlev Reicheneder, Director of Global Business Development, Autodesk“Kitware has been a close partner and supporter of Intel’s Software Defined Visualization initiative for over three years.  We are thrilled that the Intel® Select Solution for Professional Visualization will include our latest release, ParaView v5.5.2.  Our continued collaboration to integrate the growing features and capabilities of Mesa with OpenSWR and the OSPRay ray tracing engine now includes a full Path Tracer with an extensive materials capability that adds photorealistic rendering to ParaView.  We are excited to join the impressive list of partners enabling this solution to bring advanced visualization in an easy-to-use form.”Berk Geveci, Senior Director of Scientific Computing, Kitware, Inc.“At EasternGraphics, we have integrated Intel’s OSPRay ray tracing engine into our interior design application pCon.planner. The high-performance, photorealistic path tracer enables our users to create fast, high-quality renderings adding additional value for pCon.planner users worldwide – whether they are using laptops or having access to high-performance server clusters. We are excited to be part of the launch of the Intel Select Solutions for Professional Visualization and are looking forward to what is to come.”Frank Wicht, CEO, EasternGraphics Intel technologies’ features and benefits depend on system configuration and may require enabled hardware, software or service activation. Performance varies depending on system configuration. No computer system can be absolutely secure. Check with your system manufacturer or retailer or learn more at The HPC community is exploring new frameworks and approaches to converge simulation and machine learning workloads at massive-scale. At the same time, it is critical to help researchers make sense of increasingly large data sets and complex results. Sadly, the fastest supercomputer in the world is effectively useless if people cannot make sense of the data. As I like to say, “A picture is worth an Exabyte.”Visualization of HPC results enhances understanding and better supports inquiry when compared to text-based data tables. People often think that they need to rely on expensive, fixed-function hardware for visualization. Alternatively, Software Defined Visualization (SDVis) gives you the ability to render photorealistic graphics within the existing cluster and without additional hardware, and deliver the results to whatever end-user device is needed.Unfettering users from expensive hardware accelerated rendering devices, bring interactive, OpenGL* and ray-traced rendering to HPC with SDVis for easy, optimized infrastructure deployment. Once rendered, the data can be visualized on any device, be it local or remotely located. It does not matter if the device has a simple framebuffer or more sophisticated graphics processing—interactive high-resolution ray-traced and OpenGL images can be visualized and analyzed anywhere, anytime, and on any device, from a low-power mobile phone or tablet to an institutional display wall. This lets you decide when, where, and how users can visualize their data, unconstrained by the limits of an expensive dedicated hardware rendering investment.About Intel® Select SolutionsIntel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization bring the right hardware and software to your organization through verified solutions that combine Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors with other technologies such as Intel® Omni-Path Architecture, Intel® SSDs, and the OpenHPC cluster software stack.  Customers get the benefit of Intel’s latest compute, fabric, memory, storage, and software technologies without the need to perform lengthy research to determine the right hardware for visualization. Instead, they are able to rely on solutions that are already optimized for professional visualization.Key benefits of investing in an Intel® Select Solution include:Simplified evaluation. New workload integration and the transition to software-defined infrastructure are two areas where IT managers spend more and more time and money sorting through endless options and searching for optimal solutions. Intel® Select Solutions are tightly specified in terms of hardware and software components to eliminate guesswork and speed decision-making.Fast and easy deployment. With pre-defined settings and rigorous system-wide tuning, Intel® Select Solutions are designed to increase efficiency in the testing process, speed time to service delivery, and increase confidence in solution performance.Workload-optimized performance. Intel® Select Solution configurations are designed by Intel and our partners to deliver to a performance threshold for the workload, and are built on the latest Intel architecture foundation including the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. In the case of Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization, Intel used seven visualization and standard HPC benchmarks to optimize peformance.A Game-changing Idea: Render in Software, Visualize everywhereThe idea behind SDVis is that larger data sets imply higher resolution volume data and higher complexity results with massive numbers of 3D objects in output data (and therefore higher potential visual quality) that is too big for a traditional move-to-a-separate-visualization-cluster workflow.Losing the traditional idea that one must have specialized hardware to render data has redefined HPC visualization. The resulting software-only technology in the Intel® Select Solution for Professional Visualization is convenient, elegant, extensible, and cost-effective.The goal then becomes how to best use your money to maximize HPC compute. Rather than investing and maintaining specialized visualization hardware and infrastructure, it’s far more cost-effective to simply render the data on the same compute nodes being used by the HPC application, all within an architecture with which you are already familiar.Intel® Select Solutions instantiates this goal to make the best use of your time and money through the full hardware and software lifecycle from procurement to deployment including cluster provisioning and operational support. For example, Intel® Select Solution systems includes the Intel® Cluster Checker, which provides expert systems advice for administrators to use in keeping your cluster functioning.SDVis Represents the Ultimate in HPC Performance and ScalabilityOnce deployed, users get access to all the SDVis benefits, from OpenGL and photorealistic rendering to in-situ visualization.Running in software means all your HPC hardware can be used for both rendering and computing. No network, runtime, or storage resources are wasted transferring data to a dedicated hardware visualization platform. Further, all your HPC workloads are free to directly call the open-source high-performance parallel software rendering libraries like OpenSWR*, Embree*, and OSPRay* to perform in-situ visualization where the data is rendered on the same compute nodes that run the simulation.Based on Kitware’s experience with SDVIs, David DeMarle visualization luminary and lead Visual ToolKit (VTK) engineer at Kitware states, “We are entering the era, based on the data size, where the scalability and constant runtime of Software Defined Visualization wins over GPUs for visualization.”Modernize Visualization with Intel® Select SolutionsIntel® Select Solution gives users the ability to render images with SDVis and even explore the dramatic impact photo realistic ray-traced images can have on their research without having to leave the convenience of a familiar and well established visualization and analysis tool like ParaView*. It’s a convenient way for many legacy OpenGL-based projects to explore the benefits and impacts of 21st century photorealistic imagery.For example, users can switch between triangle-based rasterization and ray-traced images simply by switching from the ParaView OpenGL to the ParaView OSPRay path tracer. The impact on visual quality can be seen in the following comparative image and illustrates how SDVis can make the nuances of complex data intelligible to the human eye.Figure 1: Comparative images showing image quality and detail using the ParaView OpenGL and Path tracer rendererer. Simply by switching from the ParaView OpenGL to the ParaView OSPRay SDVis path tracer, users are able to see more of the information in their data. (Images courtesy Kitware)We also use a small local eight node CPU Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor cluster to demonstrate the speed of the Intel Select workload optimized software as it renders such highly-detailed photorealistic ray-traced images at interactive frame rates. These same demonstrations also show that those images can be interactively viewed on a basic laptop—even when the laptop used for visualization is geographically distant from the HPC center where the rendering occurs.How to DeployIntel® Select Solution instantiates the game changing idea behind SDVis while making it simple to evaluate and fast to deploy. Users will appreciate the speed of the Intel® Select Solution workload-optimized visualization performance plus the ability to run on the latest in Intel’s compute, fabric, memory, storage, and software technologies.Intel® Select Solutions for Professional Visualization will be available from partners, such as Atipa, Dalco, E4 Computing, Megware, and RSC later this year. Leading software vendors, such as Altair, Autodesk, Eastern Graphics, Kitware, SURVICE Engineering Company, and the University of Stuttgart, also have committed to support these solutions.Visit to learn more, and ask your infrastructure vendor, system integrator, or solution provider for Intel® Select Solutions. Intel® Select Solutions are supported and can be ordered through Intel® Builders Partners: Follow us on Twitter: #IntelBuildersTo learn more, visit:Intel® Select Solutions:® Select Solutions for HPC: Defined Visualization:® Xeon® Scalable processors: read more

VVS Laxman keen to prove himself in Australia yet again

first_imgIt is no secret that of all international sides he has played against in his 15-year international career, VVS Laxman has always saved his best for Australia.Now in perhaps the final stages of his storied international career, Laxman is ready to better his already outstanding record against the Aussies in what is almost certain to be his last Test tour of the country.”You always want to prove yourself against the toughest opposition. Most of the Australian teams I’ve played against had some great players, and it was a challenge to take them on. It has always brought the best out of me,” he said in an interview with Wisden Extra.In 25 Tests against Australia, Laxman averages 55.58, including his epic innings of 281 at Kolkata in March 2001, which inspired India to a famous victory after following on. In his 11 Tests in Australia, Laxman has scored four memorable centuries, including three in Sydney.Where other Indian batsmen have struggled to cope with the extra bounce, Laxman has thrived with his ability to drive off the back foot and pull in front of square. “I’ve always enjoyed pitches where the ball comes on to the bat, where there’s pace and bounce,” he said. “Australian grounds also tend to have fast outfields where you get full value for your shots.”But going into the Boxing Day Test, Laxman will have a point to prove as he averages a lowly 18.50 from three matches in Melbourne, with a highest score of just 42.And while Michael Clarke’s new-look Australia may have dropped down the world rankings, there’s no hint of complacency from Laxman as he looks ahead to the series.advertisement”Their fighting spirit and the refusal to give up make them the toughest opponents,” the Hyderabadi said. “They’ll not give you anything easily. Even at Under-19 level, it was that way. They were very aggressive and they were quick to identify your weaknesses.”Laxman’s affection for cricket in Australia goes back as far as his schooldays: “As a young boy, I used to wake up early in the morning to watch cricket from Australia, when we had a telecast, and I loved to listen to the likes of Richie Benaud, Bill Lawry and Ian Chappell give insights about the game. To actually make runs there was something special,” he reflected.last_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Had A Pin Inserted In His Wrist, Per This X-Ray Photo From His Father

first_imgEzekiel Elliott wrist x-ray photo.Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott had surgery on his left wrist Friday morning, and, according to his father, everything went well. It does appear, however, that Elliott, for the second time in less than a year, needed to have a pin inserted into his wrist. How do we know? Elliott’s father, Stacy, posted a photo of the x-ray taken after the surgery. My Sun has some new hardware! And no I didn’t abandon him! Was on a medication run! @EzekielElliott— Ambassador Elliott (@stacy_elliott) February 20, 2015Elliott had surgery last August on the same wrist, and had a pin inserted back then as well. Hopefully the second time is the charm.last_img read more

More Calls for Females to Pursue Careers in Science and Technology

first_img Chief Policy Analyst in the Office of the Cabinet, Coleen White, is calling for more females to pursue studies and careers in the fields of science and technology, which she noted, continue to be dominated by men. Locally, the number of females enrolled in engineering at the University of the West Indies (UWI) stood at 10 per cent in 2015/16; while 18 per cent were enrolled at the University of Technology (UTech) for the same period.During the event, female students from the Mona School of Engineering, UWI, demonstrated their skills in electronics, agriculture, and civil engineering.Teams made interesting presentations on projects they are undertaking including the development of technology and geotechnical solutions for soil problems; a flood-risk assessment of 138 Student Living phase 2 at UWI; designing a transportation hub for the UWI Irvine entrance; and a robot demonstration.Students from Jamaica College also participated in a debate on the moot: ‘Be it resolved that the low level of representation of females in the fields of science and technology is a result of self-exclusion and not social or institutional barriers’.The debate sparked robust discussion from audience members, which included students from Holy Childhood and Mona high schools. Students from Jamaica College also participated in a debate on the moot: ‘Be it resolved that the low level of representation of females in the fields of science and technology is a result of self-exclusion and not social or institutional barriers’. The function was held as part of the body’s awareness raising activities on gender issues and in recognition of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 under the local theme: ‘Empowering Women and Girls in Science, Technology and Business’.center_img Story Highlights Chief Policy Analyst in the Office of the Cabinet, Coleen White, is calling for more females to pursue studies and careers in the fields of science and technology, which she noted, continue to be dominated by men.Her call follows a recent appeal from Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Hon. Olivia Grange, for greater female representation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).Ms. White, in her address at a function hosted by the Gender Committee for the Offices of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet at Jamaica House on Friday (March 9), pointed out that traditionally, women and girls have been under-represented in those fields.“I think there is evidence to suggest that there are opportunities to improve women’s participation in these areas,” she said.The function was held as part of the body’s awareness raising activities on gender issues and in recognition of International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 under the local theme: ‘Empowering Women and Girls in Science, Technology and Business’.Ms. White said the event also sought to acknowledge and celebrate women, who are currently in the fields and present opportunities “so others may be motivated to pursue careers in these areas.”Quoting statistics from a study done by the United Nations (UN) in 14 countries, she noted that the probability of female students graduating with a bachelors degree, masters degree or doctorate in a science-related field are 18 per cent, eight per cent and two per cent respectively; compared to 37 per cent, 18 per cent and six per cent for male students.last_img read more

See How Our Pitcher Ratings Have Changed Since Opening Day

2Chris SaleBOS63.4Jacob deGromNYM61.81▼ 17Noah SyndergaardNYM56.6Carlos CarrascoCLE56.98▼ PreseasonCurrent 9Carlos CarrascoCLE58.9Gerrit ColeHOU57.91▲ As always, these ratings update after every game to help you stay on top of the latest predictions and World Series odds.Check out our latest MLB predictions. One of the cool features in our MLB predictions model at FiveThirtyEight is its ability to adjust a team’s odds of winning any given game based on the strength of its starting pitcher. We do this by maintaining a constantly updating rating of every starter in baseball, which refreshes after every start based on our version of game score — a metric that grades pitching performances using stats such as strikeouts, walks, home runs and so forth.1For our complete game score formula, please check out our MLB Elo explainer.And who do our ratings say are the best starters in baseball? Here’s how the Top 20 looked on opening day and how it’s changed since: 1Jacob deGromNYM65.1Justin VerlanderHOU62.54▲ 13Corey KluberCLE58.0Kyle FreelandCOL57.12▼ 5Justin VerlanderHOU61.0Max ScherzerWAS61.02▼ 6Aaron NolaPHI60.6German MarquezCOL59.96▲ 19Zack GreinkeARI56.2Clayton KershawLAD56.47▲ 16S. StrasburgWAS56.7S. StrasburgWAS56.9— 14Mike ClevingerCLE57.6Walker BuehlerLAD57.16▼ 10Gerrit ColeHOU58.8Luis CastilloCIN57.422▲ 4Blake SnellTB61.7Blake SnellTB61.2— 12German MarquezCOL58.6Patrick CorbinWAS57.23▲ 15Patrick CorbinWAS57.2Mike MinorTEX57.020▲ PitcherTeamRatingPitcherTeamRatingrk Chg A number of the top aces at the beginning of the season have started the season on the wrong foot. The New York Mets’ Jacob deGrom, Boston’s Chris Sale, Cleveland’s Corey Kluber and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola have all seen the biggest drop-offs from the original Top 20. Because the ratings roll over from last season, that group hasn’t dropped too far, but they have lost some of their status since the season began. But a handful of others have either pitched their way up the list with good starts (Justin Verlander, Trevor Bauer, German Marquez, Mike Clevinger) or onto it from the outside since the beginning of the year (Cincinnati’s Luis Castillo, Texas’s Mike Minor).These changes matter for our overall season predictions. Game score ratings aren’t just fun — they can have quite an effect on a team’s chance of winning: The Tampa Bay Rays’ chance of beating an average team (on a neutral field) with ace Blake Snell, for instance, is 61 percent; with a league-average starter, that number drops to 53 percent. To help you follow the state of each rotation, we recently added a new feature to our predictions interactive tracking these ratings for every team’s pitching staff (sorted by division). Now we can visualize just how much better Verlander and his fellow Astros are than the rest of the AL West… You can also see how a rotation’s starters stack up against its division foes on our team pages. Here, for example, are the Cleveland Indians, who might have the best rotation in baseball right now: 7Trevor BauerCLE59.9Mike ClevingerCLE59.67▲ 8Walker BuehlerLAD59.0Chris SaleBOS59.16▼ 18David PriceBOS56.4Aaron NolaPHI56.812▼ 20Kyle HendricksCHC56.0James PaxtonNYY56.37▲ … as well as the sad state of the Orioles’ rotation (whose only above-average starter is journeyman Nate Karns): 11Kyle FreelandCOL58.7David PriceBOS57.37▲ Which pitchers have risen and fallen since opening day?Top 20 MLB starting pitchers in 2019, before the season and as of April 30, based on FiveThirtyEight’s Elo pitcher ratings 3Max ScherzerWAS62.7Trevor BauerCLE61.34▲ read more